The NBA commissioner, who has been asked repeatedly whether the draft lottery is rigged after the league-owned New Hornets drew the top pick, was asked about it again by Jim Rome in a radio interview today on “The Jim Rome Show.”
Stern’s answer was part zinger, part rhetorical flourish, part questionable choice. (Listen here.)
“New Orleans won the draft lottery which, of course, produced the usual round of speculation that maybe the lottery is fixed. I know that you appreciate a good conspiracy theory as much as the next guy. Was the fix in for the lottery?” Rome asked.
Stern paused, then replied: “I have two answers for that. I'll give you the easy one. No. And shame on your for asking.”
Rome justified asking the question and Stern then said, “Have you stopped beating your wife yet?”
The two continued to discuss the lottery and Stern suggested that Rome says things because “it’s good copy and you do things for cheap thrills.” Rome took issue with that and said that “flopping is a cheap trick.”
Stern eventually said he had to move along and do another interview.
“I have to go call somebody important now like Stephen A. Smith, he's up next,” Stern said.
H/T Deadspin for audio